• Cuisine,  Food & Drink

    Artini

    Hurry and vote! This fun contest is ending on April 30th. Vote for your favorite artistic + martini = artini at these hot spots around DC. The event culminates with a party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Darn that I didn’t know about this until now. I would have had one more excuse to visit all these restaurants and sample their artini versions, for I think there is an art to making a good martini. I hope they’ll still be offered after the fact.

  • Clarinet Mural Close-Up -- Holiday Day Inn Hotel, New Orleans, see on Art Is Everywhere
    Artists,  Cuisine,  Murals,  Music,  New Orleans

    New Orleans Murals

    Being an artistic city, there are many public murals in New Orleans, however, here are just a few to highlight. I was unaware of these, having never been to Ralph’s on the Park until recently (view up close versions if you take the virtual tour on this link). These murals located in the downstairs dining area are painted by Tony Green, a very talented artist and musician, who happened to be my parents’ French Quarter neighbor for a time while they had their condo across the street and since he visits Venice, Italy annually, he knows my cousins — small world, indeed. These capture an era gone by but still…

  • Artists,  Cuisine,  Culture,  Food & Drink

    Francophile Dinner & a Movie and Much More

        My husband and I had a wonderful dinner at Bastille in the North end of Old Town, Alexandria, VA. The stress-free atmosphere helped to calm our nerves from the multiple, disruptive cell phone calls from our teenage son. Not only was the food divine but there was an ongoing exhibit of paintings displayed on the walls of pistachios, crab claws and mussels for us to enjoy by artist, Cindy Packard Richmond. Her work was mesmerizing — taking common foods and presenting them as “visual feasts” in provocative ways — all alluring to the visual palette. Another place for us to try that features French Cuisine and culture is…